ICCT Rule of Law Internship

Start date: January/ February 2021
Duration: 6 months
Working hours: Full time (36 hours per week)
Location: Due to COVID-19, the internship will be done (partially) online/ The Hague, the Netherlands
Allowance: The successful applicant will receive a stipend of 450 Euros per month.

The ICCT is seeking an intern to support its Rule of Law activities in its day-to-day functioning. This concerns assisting in background research on a range of topics, related to a rule of law and human rights approach to countering terrorism and assisting in different RoL projects. Other duties may include communication activities, editing ICCT’s publications, the assisting in the organisation of events, secretarial tasks as well as research and project support. This multitude of responsibilities will require the intern to be highly organised and independent with the ability to communicate effectively. The successful applicant should expect to gain direct exposure to the counter-terrorism work of a dynamic think tank at the intersection of security, politics and development.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Project assistance: Providing project administrative and logistical support to ICCT’s RoL projects;
  • Research assistance: Conducting research such as doing a literature review, preparing legal questionnaire, mapping international legal framework and /or collecting relevant case-law;
  • Administration:Providing secretarial and logistical support to ICCT’s core team, including the management and fellows;
  • Editing:Assisting in the editing of ICCT publications and in background research;
  • External communication:Contributing to ingoing and outgoing correspondence, liaising with and welcoming external partners such as national and international academics, policymakers, (foreign) dignitaries and practitioners;
  • Events organisation: Assisting in the organisation of public events and closed expert meetings;
  • Other duties as required.

Key requirements

  • Enrolled as a student in a university or university of applied sciences (Dutch: HBO) throughout the entire duration of the internship. Degrees related to law, criminal law, international relations, international human rights law and international humanitarian law are preferred.
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands – EER/Switzerland nationality OR holder of a Dutch study visa – for more information, please see com

Key competencies

  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, preferably demonstrated through prior academic work;
  • Proven organisational skills; ability to manage and prioritise various tasks;
  • Excellent (native or near-native) command of English. Dutch, French and/or Arabic is considered an advantage;
  • Knowledge of and an interest in the field of counter-terrorism or countering violent extremism are an advantage
  • Excellent computer skills, including a good command of the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Ability to work autonomously on given tasks and projects;
  • Preferably administrative experience;

Contact details
Interested candidates matching the aforementioned criteria and eligible to live and work in the Netherlands are requested to submit the following documents in English via e-mail only to ICCT, att. Antoinette van den Berg (a.van.den.berg@icct.nl) before 13 December 2020. ICCT is an equal opportunities employer.

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A motivation letter outlining your suitability for the position;
  • A recent writing sample of no more than 2000 words. This can be an excerpt of a larger work or a piece on its own.

Please use “ICCT Internship 2021/2” as the subject of your e-mail.

About ICCT
The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think and do tank providing multidisciplinary policy advice and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on prevention and the rule of law, two vital pillars of effective counter-terrorism.

The focus of ICCT’s work is on themes at the intersection of countering violent extremism and terrorism and criminal justice sector responses, as well as human rights related aspects of counter-terrorism. The centre connects experts, policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners from different fields by providing a platform for productive collaboration, practical analysis, and exchange of experiences and expertise, with the ultimate aim of identifying innovative and comprehensive approaches to preventing and countering terrorism.

ICCT is a growing organisation, operating in a high-paced, complex and politically sensitive environment. The centre is supported by a unique partnership comprising three renowned institutions based in The Hague: the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” and Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (formerly the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism).